Oracle Corporation

(

ORCL

) pushed the Computer Software & Services industry lower today making it today's featured Computer Software & Services loser. The industry as a whole closed the day down 0.7%. By the end of trading, Oracle Corporation fell 26 cents (-0.9%) to $28.74 on light volume. Throughout the day, 12 million shares of Oracle Corporation exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 33.7 million shares. The stock ranged in price between $28.61-$29.33 after having opened the day at $28.68 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $29. Other company's within the Computer Software & Services industry that declined today were:

Recon Technology

(

RCON

), down 19.2%,

China Information Technology Inc

(

CNIT

), down 8.2%,

THQ Inc

(

THQI

), down 8%, and

CyberDefender

(

CYDE

), down 7.9%.

Oracle Corporation, an enterprise software company, develops, manufactures, markets, distributes, and services database and middleware software, applications software, and hardware systems worldwide. Oracle Corporation has a market cap of $150.57 billion and is part of the

technology

sector. The company has a P/E ratio of 16.8, equal to the average computer software & services industry P/E ratio and below the S&P 500 P/E ratio of 17.7. Shares are down 7.3% year to date as of the close of trading on Wednesday.

TheStreet Ratings rates Oracle as a

buy

. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, impressive record of earnings per share growth, compelling growth in net income and notable return on equity. Although the company may harbor some minor weaknesses, we feel they are unlikely to have a significant impact on results.

On the positive front,

Bridgeline Digital Inc

(

BLIN

), up 13.6%,

Chyron Corporation

(

CHYR

), up 12.2%,

Camelot Information Systems Inc

(

CIS

), up 9.6%, and

Perfect World

(

PWRD

), up 7.4%, were all gainers within the computer software & services industry with

Infosys

(

INFY

) being today's featured computer software & services industry winner.

For investors not wanting singular stock exposure, ETFs may be of interest. Investors who are bullish on the computer software & services industry could consider

iShares S&P NA Tech Software Idx

(

IGV

) while those bearish on the computer software & services industry could consider

ProShares Ultra Short Technology

(

REW

).

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